Importer Spotlight 3-Pack – PortoVino
Walter Massa 'FUSO' Barbera Piedmont, Italy 2019
When PortoVino Imports approached Piemontese winemaker Walter Massa with a collaboration idea, their parameters went something like “we want what the locals drink.”
The result is this 100% Barbera--all estate fruit and organically grown, goes into concrete for aging, sees minimal filtration, and no added sulfites. All these careful applications result in a juicy blue-fruited wine, with gentle tannins and a charming brightness. Imagine yourself clinking glasses with the villagers of Piemonte!
FUSO Filippo Cassano 'Calx' Primitivo Puglia, Italy 2020
The Filippo Cassano 'Calx' Primitivo is a ridiculously crushable super light primitivo coming from the southern Italian region of Puglia. This wine is a part of a wonderful project by one of our favorite importers, PortoVino, called FUSO, which aims to bring organic, small production, daily drinking Italian wines to the US.
Fun fact, Primitivo and Zinfandel are genetic twins, clones of an ancient Croatian varietal. But the Italian rendition couldn't be more different from what we see coming out of California. Think of Primitivo as the light-hearted, easy-going sister to Zinfandel's broody potency (definitely was a goth in high school). Light enough to enjoy with a slight chill, equally as delicious at room temp.
FUSO Dario Serrentino 'Cala' Bianco Terre Siciliane Sicily, Italy 2020
Technically an orange wine, the Dario Serrentino 'Cala' Bianco sees only 50 hours of skin contact and drinks like a white wine. Lovely apple and citrus notes mingle on the palate with a subtly salty finish, an excellent pair with sea food of all sorts!
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